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Clearing weapons. Morning drills

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Re: Clearing weapons. Morning drills

Postby Josh&Historyland » April 10th, 2017, 1:32 pm

I suspect the initial picquet line was formed on an individual battalion basis as units were redistributed in the morning. I believe also that all troops close to the main road would likely have been loaded from the late evening of the 17th of June because during what was then known as the "Cannonade" of Mont St Jean the allies were firmly persuaded that Napoleon intended to force the ridge that night. It was the emperor's intention to unmask the allied batteries to suss wether Wellington intended to spend the night or continue into the forest.

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Re: Clearing weapons. Morning drills

Postby jf42 » April 10th, 2017, 10:57 pm

Yes, that figures.
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Re: Clearing weapons. Morning drills

Postby Iain » April 11th, 2017, 2:29 pm

Hi !
I think we are forgetting the fact that it only needs 20 seconds to load a musket...

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